• Among Them: Anarcha, Lucy, Betsey

    on Sep 23rd, 2016

Dr. James Marion Sims (1813-1883) considered to be "the father of modern gynecology" trained at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. He is known to how used enslaved African American women as experimental subjects. He performed multiple surgeries on these women without anesthesia. This allowed him to enhanced his skills and to design a variety of gynecologic instruments including the vaginal speculum. Later he becomes the president of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Gynecologic Society.

One day before the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I look back and think of these women. The words of James Weldon Johnson come to mind: "Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us. Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us." Thank you Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey. I celebrate you.

This portrait of Dr. Sims was commissioned by Parke Davis Pharmaceutical company and drawn by Robert Thom to celebrate " Great Moments in Medicine".

You Might Also Enjoy...

Ways to avoid vaginal dryness

POST MENOPAUSE VAGINAL DRYNESS. More common than you might think.. affecting many women who are too embarrassed to speak about it.

What’s a Phthalate?

Phthalates are endocrine disruptive chemicals. They are present in our food, our beauty, health and home products. They are ubiquitous. They can pose health risks.

Updates on Female Sexual Health

Acknowledging that there is a need for a solution is the first step in solving the problem. Female sexual health is important. The following is an update as to what is currently available and what is needed..


Recent changes at the state level are making the availability of having an abortion increasingly more difficult. Collectively, we need to consider if this makes sense for the well being of our society and not get entrenched in ideological battles.


Besides being embarrassing, excessive menstrual bleeding can lead to serious medical problems. Many women are having excessive menstrual flow and are unaware that their health issues such as fatigue, anemia are related to their heavy cycles.